Success can be defined in a variety of ways, but all the definitions have one common denominator, the achievement of set out goals or purposes. Similarly, in the context of COVID-19, success stories are defined and measured in various ways – from a better understanding of the disease, a greater testing capacity, a reduction in numbers of infected persons, lowering mortality rates, and other metrics.
In conclusion, the pandemic has led to cataclysmic healthcare changes and radically novel approaches to care, but now more than ever, we must remember to maintain the universal attributes that characterize healthcare provision: rigor, excellence, humanity, professionalism and consistency to continue providing world-class care to the patients and families we care for everyday now and in the future. We must translate and extend all the lessons learned into improvement in care across the board.
“Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future”. William Wordsworth (1770–1850)